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ERIC Number: ED263773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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How to Increase Student Participation in a Foreign Language Reading Class.
Giauque, Gerald S.
A technique for increasing student interest and participation which provides some of the benefits of individualized instruction includes daily homework assignments and short daily compositions. The daily homework assignments are only looked over, not corrected or graded. For the short daily compositions (three sentences for first-year classes, and five sentences for others) topics are suggested but not required. The topics reflect current classroom material or are intended to get students to express their psychological needs. At first, the compositions are only read and commented on encouragingly, not corrected. As students increase the composition length and introduce creativity, some correction begins. At the end of the first year, student errors are circled and discussed briefly with the individual students. As reading assignments are begun, students are given brief questionnaires on which they are expected to tell honestly whether they have read and comprehended the assignments. The teacher does not waste class time calling on students who are only partially prepared. The essence of the technique is to take time for each student who is prepared, encouraging and rewarding positive behavior. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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